I first met Teddy Peacher at BLADE Show 2015 where he was doing double-duty. He was there as Will Woods’ assistant as well as representing his own fledgling knife brand – Peachsmith Knives. Not only is he making terrific knives, he is a heck of a wood-turner and artistic metalworker to boot. Oh and jewelry too. Let’s just say Teddy likes to make cool things. He also sweeps Will’s shop from time to time.
Teddy has promised me a Chimera to test, and I look forward to carrying his unique take on a friction-folder. So without further ado, I bring you “5 from the Grinder” with Teddy Peacher.
First, in a few sentences, please introduce yourself and let us know what led you to making/designing knives.
I am Teddy Peacher, and am the creator behind Peachsmith. I am a recent alumnus of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA focused in Industrial design and a minor in jewelry. I was first exposed to custom knife making when I was discussing jewelry ideas with a coworker, who later became my mentor. He offered me the chance to come and work under him sanding titanium for his Titans. For my undergrad “thesis” I was given the chance to design a product of my own passion. This began my journey as a knife maker.
Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?
My influence comes from many areas. I draw inspiration from knife makers, such as Tuff Thumbs and Serge, into my design. Obviously, I would have to say the biggest influence to my knife making would have to be my mentor, Will Woods. I learned most, if not all, I know about knife making from him.
However, I draw from jewelry for inspiration in textures and am always looking for unique ways I can fuse my jewelry skills into my knives.
Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?
My favorite knife goes back to my childhood. I grew up as a boy scout and I carry a Victorinox Swiss army knife for most of my camping trips. It was the ultimate embodiment of the scout motto, “Be Prepared.” I will always have a soft spot for the overly packed multi-tools.
Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?
The world of knives varies so greatly that it cannot be summed up in any single vision. The larger companies of the industry seem to be working hard to increase the quality of their factory-made knives.
While the custom world only seems to grow with each maker’s knife becoming more complex and many following in their footsteps, though in different shoes each time. I only see growth and diversity increasing as knife laws and materials change.
Question 4: Is there a knife from your lineup that you feel best exhibits who you are as a knifemaker/designer in terms of design elements, aesthetic or techniques used?
As a new member to the world of knifemaking, I only have one design under my belt to speak for me. The Chimera is a first generation design born by fusing my jewelry and industrial design (ID) degrees.
Aesthetically, the chimera draws from my jewelry background in the skeletonized scale and the large triangle jipping that required hand filing. While my ID background made me push the Chimera to be more versatile in its EDC. The 3” blade and pry bar were designed to make quick work of many daily tasks; while the bottle opener is meant for unwinding at the end of the day. All together the Chimera is meant to stand out in the crowd for both its ‘odd’ look and multi-functional attitude.
Question 5: What is your EDC and why?
I am usually carrying the Mini-Chimera prototype that broke during testing and now lives as my friction folder. Sometimes, I will bring along another locking knife, which has been a Spyderco Tenacious as of recently. I plan on studying the liner lock to incorporate into the next Chimera group.